The Finger Lakes Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Inc. will recognize April 2017 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 2-8.
Sexual violence affects the victim, their family and the community. Nearly 20 percent of the population has experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, with one in four girls and one in six boys being sexually abused before the age of 18.
Sexual assault is considered to be the most underreported crime in the nation. Each community is encouraged to adopt a zero tolerance policy, with continued and increased services that help victims and their families recover from this crime. The community must work collaboratively to prevent sexual assault and work together to support the victims of this crime.
“One in four girls and one in six boys will be a victim of some type of sexual abuse/assault before the age of 18. Coupled with physical and emotional abuse, this translates to over 10 million children being abused over the next 18 years in this country,” according to the National Child Advocacy Center.
Child abuse and neglect impacts the community and can cause traumatic psychological, emotional and physical harm, which can lead to poor outcomes including detrimental behaviors and mental and physical illness for these victims.
Parents, families and communities can help to reduce child abuse and neglect by promoting the benefits that all children receive in loving, supportive and encouraging homes. Early preventative and safety education will help in prevention and disclosure of this crime. The VRC provides preventative education from preschool to college students.
For information, call 315-331-1171 or visit vrcfl.org.